MN Senate panel rejects anti-sand mining measure - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

MN Senate panel rejects anti-sand mining measure

Posted:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota Senate committee has rejected a proposal to protect trout streams from potential impacts from silica sand mining.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the measure was defeated on a mostly party-line vote Tuesday, with Republicans and two Iron Range DFLers opposed. It would have required silica sand mines to be at least a mile from any spring or trout stream.

Peder Larson of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council testified the requirement would essentially prevent sand mining in southeastern Minnesota.

But John Lenczewski of Trout Unlimited testified that trout angling is a billion-dollar industry in the region, and that silica sand mines threaten the cold water springs that sustain the fisheries. He says thousands of jobs that depend on trout fishing and the state's investments in habitat could be lost.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.